Jamie Gass

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Book Review: Common Core's Rickety Gates

In his latest volume, Common Core Meets Education Reform: What It All Means for Politics, Policy, and the Future of Schooling (Teachers College Press, 2014), co-edited with Michael McShane, Hess turns his eye toward the increasingly controversial national standards effort and the looming challenges of nationwide implementation. May 1, 2014 8:37 AM PT

Common Core, the Fordham Institute, and the D.C. Edu-Blob

Three federal laws – including two signed by Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter – prohibit the federal government from funding, directing, validating, or having any involvement with national education standards, testing, or curricula. None of this seems to have dimmed the Washington, D.C.-based Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s fervor for nationalized K-12 standards and tests. Apr 16, 2014 2:58 PM PT

ObamaCore: $16 Billion Unfunded Mandate

As Ronald Reagan said in 1964, our republic’s main public policy fight of the era is “[w]hether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.” He might have added that Beltway wonks wouldn’t even tell us how much their plans would cost. Feb 19, 2014 11:07 AM PT

ObamaCore: The Nationalization of K-12 Education

From state academic standards and tests to charter and virtual schools, the K-12 education world has changed in the 30 years since President Ronald Reagan’s landmark “A Nation at Risk” commission diagnosed the myriad problems with public schooling in America. However, with their eagerness to federalize what has always been a state and local responsibility, advocates for national English and math standards known as Common Core don’t seem to have learned anything in the intervening decades. Jan 27, 2014 4:33 PM PT

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